Peonies, poppies and a heat wave that won’t quit

A few new small paintings in acrylic that I haven’t yet posted about. I like doing these small works and have gessoed several more panels. Acrylic isn’t as luminous as oil, but cleanup time is much faster and there are no fumes. Summer is the perfect time to use water based paints.

One was sold as soon as it was finished. I may go against habit and work on a series of these. All inspired by tree peonies and poppies, specifically the magnificent specimens sold by Klehm’s Song Sparrow Nursery in southern Wisconsin.

Savage Splendor. Acrylic on canvas panel, 8″x10″, 2011.

Papaver Orientale. Acrylic on canvas panel, 8″x8″, 2011.

Cytherea. Acrylic on canvas panel, 8″x8″, 2011. (sold)

Since the end of May we’ve had temperatures in the 90’s here in Atlanta. Even so, a few nights have been blissfully cool, when the windows get opened after dusk, my attic fan goes on and the AC units get turned off. Shaded by the huge water oak and a few old pecan trees, this little house stays surprisingly cool at night from that whole house fan, even in the dog days of summer.

Window units are both cheaper to run and a greener way to use air conditioning. Mr. Electricity says so, that’s who.

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3 Responses to Peonies, poppies and a heat wave that won’t quit

  1. Helen says:

    Love the red…my poppies are long gone. But your cat has the right idea – we should all be doing that!

  2. V says:

    Thanks Helen – she is one relaxed kitty!

  3. Eeli says:

    I love Your colors and how You mix them together!

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